Police: US tourist killed by watercraft in Jamaica

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 2:33 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say an American man vacationing on the island died after being hit in the head by a personal watercraft.

Constable Carla Francis of the police force's communications office identifies the dead man as Thomas Torres of Las Vegas, Nevada.

She says Torres was swimming in the sea off the resort town of Negril on Tuesday when he was hit by the watercraft. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Francis says police have detained one person but no charges have been filed.

Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill announced in October a six-month ban on the importation of new watercraft. He said regulations on the safe usage of Jet Skis and other machines would be strengthened and enforced.

The ministry has not commented on Tuesday's death.

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